New Hall of Famer Scott Rolen has brought an ongoing Reds culture change

Get all access to exclusive stories. Subscribe to The Athletic for in-depth coverage of your favorite players, teams, leagues and clubs. Try us a week. Jim Trent Rosecrans He is a senior writer for The Athletic covering the Cincinnati Reds. He has previously covered the Reds for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Post, and has covered Major League Baseball for CBSSports.com. Follow C-Trent on Twitter @ctrent .

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Baseball Hall of Fame ballots 2023: The Athletic’s voters reveal their selections

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling no longer dominate the annual conversation around Hall of Fame voting, having collectively fallen off the ballot in their final years of eligibility. But that doesn’t mean everything is suddenly straightforward, especially with this year’s addition of Carlos Beltrán, so inexorably tied to the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Meanwhile, with those big names gone, candidates like Scott Rolen, Andruw Jones, and Billy Wagner could see the gains made in recent years accelerate. We asked some of The Athletic’s writers who vote for…

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A look at other mid-game medical emergencies after Hamlin’s devastating collapse

Damar Hamlin’s frightening medical emergency on “Monday Night Football” sparked widespread discussion about how the NFL handles such situations, drawing comparisons to similar incidents across the world’s biggest sporting stages. Below, we’ve put together a look at some of these incidents and how the people involved dealt with them. Christian Eriksen During Denmark’s opening match at Euro 2020, superstar Christian Eriksen suddenly fell facedown towards the lawn and it was later confirmed that he had suffered a heart attack. Eriksen, 29, required emergency CPR on the field for 13 minutes.…

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The Year in Strange But True: Judge! Ohtani! And MLB’s 20 most mind-blowing hitting, pitching feats

Hey! I know you’re about to join your friends and loved ones to sing a Champagne-drenched chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.” But first, did you know that the definition of Auld Lang Syne has something to do with “fondly remembering old times”? No kidding. So here’s an idea. Let’s all fondly remember the Strange But True baseball season of 2022. In which … A guy taking his first swing in the big leagues hit a foul ball to his mother. … And another guy got called up and then debuted before he…

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Top 25 remaining MLB free agents: Which teams will land Correa, Rodón, Swanson?

MLB teams have already spent more than $2.5 billion on free agents, but some clubs are just getting started. Nineteen of the top 25 free agents from my original ranking in early November have signed, but the new top 25 of remaining free agents will likely receive another billion dollars in this hot market. Two of the elite free-agent shortstops have signed, but Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson are still on the board. Two of the top-tier starting pitchers have inked new deals, but Carlos Rodón is still available. Where will…

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Rosenthal: What I’m hearing about how the MLB free agent market is evolving

The sudden generosity teams that appear with no-star agents in their 30s will prompt some players to adjust their approach to the open market. In fact, this is already happening. Take Japan’s Kodai Senga, who wanted to pull out after three years on his $75 million, five-year deal with the Mets. Senga will become a free agent again when he turns 33, but if he proves himself in the big companies, he will be in demand. Some of the older players are extending their initial stints with better training and…

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MLB Hot Stove matchmaking: A free-agent fit for all 30 teams ahead of the Winter Meetings

Happy week before the Winter Meetings! It’s been a slow free-agent signing season so far, with only six players from my top 25 list off the board. José Abreu and Tyler Anderson landed three-year deals with the Astros and Angels, respectively, while Edwin Díaz, Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw and Martín Pérez (accepted the qualifying offer) re-signed with their teams. Now, as people around baseball pack their bags and get ready to fly to San Diego for the meetings, we’re all eagerly waiting for the next free-agent shoe to drop, which…

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The Reds added catcher Luke Maile, and he may not be the last blocker to arrive

CINCINNATI – When the machinations of the early roster of free agency, no-bid, and 40-man protection played out, a clear, obvious need emerged for Reds general manager Nick Krall: a catcher. The Reds only had one player on their 40-man roster, Tyler Stephenson. On Monday, the team filled that void by signing Northern Kentucky native Luke Maile to a one-year deal. There are undoubtedly many ways to improve this list, but there is no single method that should be left off the checklist. “Now how can we continue to improve…

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Former MLB player Yasel Puig pleads guilty to lying to federal agents in investigation into illegal gambling

Former MLB player Yasel Puig has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of lying to federal agents about bets on sporting events he placed in an illegal gambling operation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Puig pleaded guilty to one of the offenses of making false statements. This carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. Puig agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000. He will appear for the first time in US District Court on November…

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MLB offseason cheat sheet: The 3 biggest needs for each team as hot stove season begins

MLB’s annual general manager meetings are underway in Las Vegas and hot stove season has already begun before the start of free agency. The Mets were first out of the gate, agreeing to a record five-year, $102 million deal with closer Edwin Díaz, who opted against testing the market. All eligible free agents will be able to sign with teams on Thursday. (Here is my ranking of the top 25 free agents with contract predictions and best team fits.) In the meantime, presidents and GMs will meet over the next…

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